Airports of the World - Jan/Feb 2016

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Hot on the heels of the World Routes conference in South Africa, Luigi Vallero explored Durban’s King Shaka International to assess what this relatively new airport has to offer.

Adelaide – Life’s a Beach
A golf course and a caravan park are all that separate the sand dunes and esplanade of West Beach from Adelaide Airport. Chris Frame went to the easy-going, award-winning facility in South Australia.

Liège – at the heart of Europe’s Golden Triangle
Mid way between Brussels and Cologne, close to the Belgian border with the Netherlands, is a cargo mega-hub built on the success of the express logistics industry. Sebastian Schmitz paid a visit.

Bari – Adriatic delight
Bari, a port on the Adriatic coast in Puglia, is Italy’s ninth largest city and boasts a thriving airport that has benefited greatly from the arrival of low-cost airlines. Luigi Vallero reports from Southern Italy.

Ndola – Zambia’s Copperbelt
Growth has finally returned to Ndola in the Copperbelt of Central Africa following the collapse of copper prices 40 years ago. Humphrey Nkonde outlines the role this small airport has played in providing access to northern Zambia.

Movie Star Minneapolis
In the first of two features, Kevan James examines the history of Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport.

Ohrid – Macedonia’s number two
Far from being what the pronunciation might suggest, the charming city of Ohrid has a pleasant little airport which is slowly being transformed from a summer tourist destination to year-round operations. Luigi Vallero went to investigate.


Detailed news coverage from the global airport scene.

Industry Column
The recent bombing of a Metrojet Airbus A321 over Egypt has been followed by threats against a number of other flights. The events have sent shockwaves through the industry and heralded a renewed focus to ensure our flights are safe. Andy Martin considers the ramification for airports and airlines.

In The Spotlight - Tbilisi
Georgia is ideally positioned to attract long-distance air traffic due to it lying at a crossroads between Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Russia. Luigi Vallero met TAV Georgia General Manager Mete Erkal for an update on the capital’s airport.

Airport Analysis – Shopping
What drives travellers to shop while they are at airports? What appeals to them? And why are there so many retail outlets in airports? Dr Nicola Davies explores the psychology employed in persuading people to buy before they fly.

Snapshot – Panama City
Tocumen International Airport is regarded as one of the most efficient hubs in Central America – 45 years ago it was a completely different story. Ron Mak took a walk around the airport in 1971, his images providing a nostalgic look back at how things used to be.

Airport Infrastructure – North Korea
The aviation infrastructure in the secretive Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has taken two leaps forward with the opening of a new terminal at Pyongyang and an international airport at Wonsan. Robbie Shaw outlines the much-needed improvements.

UK Airport Visitors
Our readers’ gallery – featuring a selection of the more interesting aircraft that have recently visited UK airports.

We explain some of the abbreviations and acronyms that regularly appear in the pages of Airports of the World.